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Posts from the ‘Criminal Law Section’ Category

14
Mar

Ten Good Reasons to Honor Public Defense This Week

National Public Defense Week
Besides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 is Public Defense Week. Here’s why that’s important.

National Public Defense WeekBesides March Madness, the third week of March 2017 marks other noteworthy occasions. Among these, according to Google, are: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, Brain Awareness Week, Girl Scout Week, and Public Defense Week. The value of the first three are self-evident: Breathing. Thinking. Thin Mints.

But why public defense? Isn’t it already inclusively acknowledged in National Law Day (May 1), National Be Kind to Lawyers Day (April 11) and Love Your Lawyer Day (Nov. 3)? Here’s a non-exclusive Top-10 list of why I and my colleagues celebrate a stand-alone week honoring public defense. Of course there are more than these 10 reasons, and we welcome your additions. Read more »

17
Nov

What’s in the November 2016 NWLawyer?

Cover of November NWLawyer showing K-9
We’re excited to present the November 2016 issue of NWLawyer — our first-ever criminal law issue!

November NWLawyer coverWe’re excited to present the November 2016 issue of NWLawyer — our first-ever criminal law issue! Check out a few of our feature stories below or read the full issue online. Read more »

26
Jan

Court of Appeals Cites Common Law Roots of Lawyer-Witness Rule in Overturning Conviction

A young lawyer takes the witness stand in court
A state appeals court points to the common law roots of the “lawyer-witness rule” in overturning a criminal conviction.

A young lawyer takes the witness stand in courtA state appeals court points to the common law roots of the “lawyer-witness rule” in overturning a criminal conviction. Read more »

2
Nov

Reforming Juvenile Justice for Girls in Our Community

A teenage girl smoking
Tacoma defense attorney Hayley Fulton examines the differences between boys and girls navigating the juvenile justice system.

A teenage girl smokingTacoma defense attorney Hayley Fulton examines the differences between boys and girls navigating the juvenile justice system.
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6
Aug

What Is a ‘Necessary’ Witness under the Lawyer-Witness Rule?

A young lawyer takes the witness stand in court
The Court of Appeals weighs in on the meaning of “necessary witness” when considering if a trial counsel can be called to the stand.

A young lawyer takes the witness stand in courtThe Court of Appeals weighs in on the meaning of “necessary witness” in considering when a trial attorney can be called to the stand in his own case. Read more »